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There is one mythological tale , related to Rameshwar Jyotirlinga .When Shri Ram was taking Sita back to Ayodhya , at that time on theitr way to Ayodhya they rested on Gandhmadan Parvat While resting , he got to know that it is cursed to end the Rishi Pulstaya’s entire Family , and to prevent them from this curse he should establish Shiv Jyotirlinga there and worship Lord Shiva After knowing this , Shri Ram recommended Hanumanji to go and get the Shivlinga from Kailash Parvat. Hanuman ji , reached Kailash Parvat , but could not find Lord Shiva there. Then he prayed Lord Shiva with full concentration . Lord Shiva was pleased with Hanuman’s prayer and fulfilled his purpose. Hanuman got late cause of praying and pleasing Lord Shiva, and there Shri Ram and Ma Sita was waiting for the Shivalinga to be established at an auspicious time. Then Devi Janaki decided and methodically formed Balu’s Linga and established it only , so that the auspicious time do not pass away. After a while Hanumanji reached with Shiva-Linga , and was disappointed to see that the establishment was already done.Hanumanji compelled to establish that Shivlinga that he brought from Shivaji, on which Shri Ram said that for that he needs to remove Balu’s linga and then only his Shivalinga can be established.

Hanumanji with his full strength tried to remove Balu’s Linga , but was unsuccessful in it. Hanuman tried so hard that he started to bleed , which made Ma Sita sad and she started crying.Then Shri Ram , told Hanumanji that the sin he had made to remove Balulinga, is the reason that his body has suffered so much. Hanumanji realized his mistake and apologised , and the Shivalinga that he got from Kailasha Parvat , was also established next to Balulinga. This linga is known as Hanumdeshwar Linga.

Ramanathaswamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva located on the island of Rameswaram in the state of Tamil Nadu,India. It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where the three of the most revered NayanarsApparSundarar and Tirugnana Sambandar have glorified the temple with their songs. The temple was built during the 12th century by Pandya Dynasty . The temple has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India. The temple is located in Rameshwaram, an island town in South India. The Temple is also one of the 12 Jyothirlinga temples.

The temple is one of the holiest  Hindu  Char Dham sites comprising BadrinathPuri and Dwarka.

It is believed that whosoever  visits Rameshwaram and Hanumeshwar Linga and prays with full dedication and faith , gets relieved from all sins. Moreover , it is also said that only by visiting these sacred places , all wishes get fulfilled .

Rameshwaram is also known as the site of Tarpan for Pitaroan .The place is surrounded by oceans from two sides.. The devotees come here to work for their Pitaroan,and take a dip in the sea. Beside it , there is a splace known as Lakshmantirtha. Here devotees perform ceremonies like Child’s Mundana and Shraadha. It is said about Rameswaram temple that , the stones which are used to build this temple were brought from SriLanka, as no range of mountains can be seen in this area.

Like all ancient temples in South India, there is a high compound wall on all four sides of the temple premises measuring about 865 feet furlong from east to west and one furlongs of 657 feet from north to south with huge towers (Gopurams) at the east and west and finished gate towers on the north and south. The temple has striking long corridors in its interior, running between huge colonnades on platforms above five feet high.

The second corridor is formed by sandstone pillars, beams and ceiling. The junction of the third corridor on the west and the paved way leading from the western gopuram to Setumadhava shrine forms a unique structure in the form of chess board and it is popularly known as Chokkattan Madapam. The outer set of corridors is reputed to be the longest in the world being about 6.9 m height, 400 feet in each in the east and west and about 640 feet in north and south and inner corridors are about 224 feet in east and west and about 352 feet each in north and south. Their width varies from 15.5 feet to 17 feet in the east and west about 172 feet on the north and south with width varying 14.5 feet to 17 feet. The total length of those corridors is thus 3850 feet. There are about 1212 pillars in the outer corridor.  Their height is about 30 feet from the floor to the center of the roof. The main tower or rajagopuram is 53 m tall Most pillars are carved with individual composition.

There are sixty-four Tirthas in and around the island of RameswaramTamil NaduIndia. According to Skanda Puraṇa, twenty-four of them are important. Bathing in these Tirthas is a major aspect of the pilgrimage to Rameswaram and is considered equivalent to penance. Twenty-two of the Tirthas are within the Ramanathasvami Temple. The number 22 indicates the 22 arrows in Rama’s quiver. The first and major one is called Agni Teertham.


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